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Forest Pansy Redbud Living Tree Chair
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Is there a more delightful small tree than the Forest Pansy Redbud? We don’t think so. This exceptional version of our beloved native Eastern Redbud Tree will enchant you with its canopy of deep burgundy foliage in place of the usual green leaves. The foliage is especially dazzling in spring, when it emerges a shimmering ruby-red color. Forest Pansy will also charm you with sweet little lavender-pink blossoms that open to greet the first mild days of spring. Plant this multi-stemmed, vase-shaped grower in your entryway garden or in any of the mixed borders or island beds in your front yard, where it will add rich color and instant curb appeal.
- Hardiness Zone: 5
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Redbud is a common sight in the eastern U.S. Being native, it has played a role in American life since there were people here to enjoy it. Native Americans and English colonists used to eat the spring flowers (what a pretty salad that would be!). George Washington planted Redbuds at Mt. Vernon. The selection that came to be known as Forest Pansy was discovered in 1947 in Tennessee at the nursery of Hiram B. Stubblefield (there’s a British children’s book character in there somewhere). It was named ‘Forest’ for Stubblefield’s Forest Nursery and ‘Pansy’ for the tree’s pansy-shaped, violet-colored leaves.
Forest Pansy Redbud is famous for its royal purple foliage and perky pink flowers, and that’s certainly enough to earn it a premium spot in any landscape. However, this multi-season star can get sensational fall color, too! In the right conditions, the leaves turn shades of apricot, gold, pink, and mauve.
Questions & Answers
A site in full sun will bring out the most intense color of Forest Pansy Redbud’s leaves, though this tree will also grow in part shade. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to deliver a steady supply of moisture to the roots during the critical first couple of years of establishment. Forest Pansy will be somewhat drought tolerant after that, but its foliage will look its best with regular water. Redbuds appreciate an annual dose of fertilizer, too, and the Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer will give your tree all the nutrients it needs. Keep an eye out for green-leaved suckers and prune them out promptly when they appear.
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